AOL Instant Messenger Closed for Good

Depending on your age, you may or may not remember AIM, or AOL Instant Messenger, as one of the very first text chat applications.  AIM is being shut down by Oath, which is a newly formed entity after the merge of AOL and Yahoo, announced that they will be pulling the plug on the instant messaging platform on December 15, 2017.

AIM changed the way most of us interacted with other people, especially strangers in chat rooms and instant messenger. AOL and AIM was a precursor to more popular communication such as text messaging, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Skype, iChat and MySpace. AOL chat rooms could also be considered the first interactive online dating programs because all people did was send each other pictures and hook up.

AIM was installed on virtually ever computer device created since 1997.

While AOL Instant Messenger was an indisputable pioneer of the technology age, it lacked certain advances that other chat programs were coming out with, such as more robust multimedia capabilities.  In some such features, AIM may have tested them, but never ultimately rolled them out, leaving opportunity for the newer apps to seize.  And seize they did.  Google and Facebook pounced on the opportunity and released many new features that AIM simply did not have, and they did it in such a way that was clean, and easy to use.   AIM shot it self in the foot by not only failing to add better multimedia capabilities, but by also packing in too many other features and advertising into their tiny chat windows, which gave for a subpar user experience.

Tech experts say that AIM was never really fully in AOL's (America Online) master plan for the direction the company wanted to go.  The AIM platform was never fully invested in which contributed to the issues I mentioned above and ultimately its downfall.  Had AOL saw the true value in what messaging clients could become, they would have been able to use their vast capital to expand the program.  They did not.

Alas, we find ourselves at the end of the line for AIM.  While its popularity has gone down to virtually nothing over the years, the nostalgia the name 'AIM' brings to many people still hits home.'

Some Twitter users made posts with notes that AIM's away messages were the original subtweets where people would update their away messages with short statements about what's going on with the, or even to cleverly allude to their state of mind and whatnot.

Another user compared the closing down of AIM to finding out a band that they used to love fifteen years ago was disbanding.  You weren't currently obsessed with it, but you used to, so it still strikes a chord.

Rest in peace, AIM!

And before we go - ASLP?

If you know what that means, then you're an AIM LEGEND!!!